Post-Masters DNP

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Program Overview

Emory University is seeking highly qualified and developing nurse leaders for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Hybrid Learning for Busy Professionals

Emory’s DNP program is designed for full-time working nurses who are balancing careers and families. Majority of the coursework can be completed online from anywhere in the world. Online learning is supplemented by engaging sessions on select Saturdays throughout the year. These highly interactive sessions give access students to top health care executives speaking on thought-provoking topics. Recent speakers include Dr. Jon Lewin, Chief Executive Officer of Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Dr. Sharon Pappas, Chief Nursing Officer of Emory Healthcare, among many others.

Advancing Your Career with a Powerful Network

In addition to the incredible professional networking opportunities that takes place within the DNP cohort, students also gain access to 95 dedicated faculty, 600 other Emory nursing students, 7,000 Emory nursing alumni, and 19,000 Woodruff Health Sciences Center employees—leading to powerful professional connections to help advance your career far into the future.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Suzanne L. Staebler DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement
suzanne.staebler@emory.edu

*Please email nursingquestions@emory.edu with application questions.

Program Details

The DNP Student Experience

Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Emory University is a unique experience. Students benefit from a tight-knit community with meaningful interactions with faculty and classmates alike. The leadership-focused curriculum prepares students to become visionary nurse leaders who will transform all facets of health care delivery from the bedside to the boardroom in hospitals, corporations, private practices, government, and educational settings.

Experience Cohort + Leading Faculty

The DNP cohort is comprised of leading clinicians from all walks of life. Recent students include a clinical nurse leader from the world-famous Ebola care team from Emory University Hospital, a nurse anesthetist who is creating groundbreaking new programs for patients, and a midwife who is reviving a model of care for a health system in Texas. These dynamic DNP students coupled with nationally-recognized faculty who care about their students’ success creates a program that provides unparalleled learning from peers and faculty.

Curriculum

Standard Plans of Study

Health Systems Leadership (HSL) Track
Full-time, 4 Semesters

Course #Course NameCredits
Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 702DAnalyzing, Evaluating & Translating Health Systems Evidence3
NRSG 707DTransforming Health Care: A Systems Approach to Improving Quality & Safety3
NRSG 712DAnalysis of Complex Health Systems for Organizations2
NRSG 715DDNP Project Development I 3*
Total Semester Credits  11
Semester 2 (Spring) NRSG 713DAnalytic Tools for Evidence-Based Decision-Making 3
NRSG 714DPathways to Practice4
NRSG 716DDNP Project Development II4*
Total Semester Credits11
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 722DLeadership for Health Professions2
NRSG 724DInformatics: Leading with Data3
NRSG 717DDNP Project Development III 4*
Total Semester Credits10
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 721DDNP Project4*
NRSG 723DHealth Policy, Ethics and Law3
Total Semester Credits7**
Total Program Credits38

 *Variable credit course
**Option for full-time available Post-Master’s DNP

Population Health Track
Full Time
4 Semesters

Course #CourseCredits
Program Total39
Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 702DAnalyzing, Evaluating & Translating Health Systems Evidence3
NRSG 712DAnalysis of Complex Health Systems for Organizations2
NRSG 715DDNP Project I4*
Semester Credit Hours 9
Semester 2 (Spring)NRSG 714DPathways to Practice4
NRSG 703DEpidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice2
NRSG 713DAnalytic Tools for EB Decision Making3
NRSG 716DDNP Project Development II3*
Semester Credit Hours 12
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 718DPopulation Adaptive Solutions1
NRSG 722DLeadership for the Health Professions2
NRSG 720DCollaboration & Transformation for Population Health2
NRSG 725DSocial Behavior in Public Health for APRN Practice2
NRSG 717DDNP Project Development III2*
Semester Credit Hours 9
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 723DHealth Policy, Ethics, and Law3
NRSG 721DDNP Project6*
Semester Credit Hours 9

*Variable credit course

Post-Master’s DNP
Population Health Track
Part Time - 7 Semesters (2 year plan)

Course #CourseCredits
Program Total39
Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 702DAnalyzing, Evaluating & Translating Health Systems Evidence3
NRSG 712DAnalysis of Complex Health Systems for Organizations2
Semester Credit Hours 5
Semester 2 (Spring)NRSG 714DPathways to Practice4
NRSG 703DEpidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice2
Semester Credit Hours 6
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 718DPopulation Adaptive Solutions1
NRSG 720DCollaboration & Transformation for Population Health2
NRSG 725DSocial Behavior in Public Health for APRN Practice2
Semester Credit Hours 5
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 723DHealth Policy, Ethics, and Law3
NRSG 715DDNP Project I3*
Semester Credit Hours 6
Semester 5 (Spring)NRSG 716DDNP Project Development II3*
NRSG 713DAnalytic Tools for EB Decision Making3
Semester Credit Hours 6
Semester 6 (Summer)NRSG 717DDNP Project Development III3*
NRSG 722DLeadership for the Health Professions2
Semester Credit Hours 5
Semester 7 (Fall)NRSG 721DDNP Project6*
Semester Credit Hours 6

*Variable credit course

Post-Masters Health Systems Leadership (HSL)
DNP - Part-time

Course #CourseCredits
Total semester credits:4
Semester 1 (Fall)NRSG 702DAnalyzing, Evaluating & Translating Health Systems Evidence3
NRSG 712DAnalysis of Complex Health Systems for Organizations2
Total semester credits:5
Semester 2 (Spring)NRSG 723DHealth Policy, Ethics and Law3
NRSG 714DPathways to Practice4
Total semester credits:7
Semester 3 (Summer)NRSG 722DLeadership for Health Professions2
NRSG 724DInformatics: Leading with Data3
Total semester credits:5
Semester 4 (Fall)NRSG 707Transforming Health Care: A Systems Approach to Improving Quality & Safety3
NRSG 715DDNP Project Development I 3*
Total semester credits:6
Semester 5 (Spring)NRSG 713DAnalytic Tools for Evidence-Based Decision-Making 3
NRSG 716DDNP Project Development II4*
Total semester credits:7
Semester 6 (Summer)NRSG 717DDNP Project Development III 4*
Total semester credits:4
Semester 7 (Fall)NRSG 721DDNP Project4*
Total semester credits:4

Admission Requirements

Requirements for Post RN DNP admission include:

  • Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited College or University
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training/project

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Curricula Vitae or resume
  • A personal statement describing why you want to be a student in the Emory DNP program along with a brief statement of your project interests for practice, process, or systems-based health and healthcare improvement (500 words)
  • 2-3 Professional references (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to nursingquestions@emory.edu.

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received.  Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.

Application

Admission decisions will be based upon candidate competitiveness and space availability. Applicants could potentially be placed on a waitlist. Decisions for waitlisted applicants are announced as seats become available, up to the first day of orientation.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 404.727.7980.

View application deadlines.

Create an account and complete your Post Master's DNP Application

Schedule Details

What are On-Campus Sessions?

On-Campus sessions, also called “Semester Saturdays,” will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. (EST). The format will be business conference style with students attending class in the NHWSN building. Attire will be business casual for students and agendas will include: DNP student presentations, group work and special interactive presentations with renowned guest speakers. On-campus sessions may also include advising as needed.

On-campus sessions will take place on the following days:

Spring 2021
Saturday, February 6 (Virtual)
Saturday, March 20 (Virtual)

Summer 2021
Saturday, July 10 (Virtual)  

Fall 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021 (Virtual)
Saturday, October 23, 2021 (Virtual)

Spring 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022 (In-person) *TBD
Saturday, March 19, 2022 (In-person) *TBD

Summer 2022
Saturday, July 9, 2022 (In-person) *TBD

This is a hybrid program with both online and face to face interaction during every semester. Each Fall and Spring semester students and faculty will meet for two on-campus sessions. During the Summer semester, there is one on-campus session.

Financial Aid / Tuition

Financial Aid

Please visit the Graduate Program Financial Aid Page for information about financial aid options.

Tuition

View current academic year tuition costs

Distance Accessibility in Your State

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, doctor of nursing practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Emory University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.